Nature & ecology

Delve deeper into the animal and plant life we share our city with, plus look beyond our shores to ecosystems around the world and the environmental issues affecting our planet. In addition, please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
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  1. Adventurers and pioneers of zoology

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expeditions across the seas, perilous adventures in unknown lands and discoveries that shook the scientific world. Join zoologist Brenna Boyle and discover the brave characters and bold thinkers who shaped our knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Includes visit to the Natural History Museum.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Winter wildlife walks

    Winter wildlife walks

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy some invigorating fresh air and winter scenery, walk off the excesses of the festive season and discover winter wildlife in London. This walking course will guide you through woodland, wetland and parkland landscapes identifying and observing the wildlife within.First session at City Lit followed by three guided walks.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. Introduction to botany

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical course ideal for those who are new to the science of botany. Learn about the fundamental structure of plants and identify the functions of different components; recognise some of the classification systems of the plant world and assess why these magnificent organisms are essential for our wellbeing. Three Saturday sessions, mornings in the classroom, afternoons short local walks to see specimens outdoors. One visit to Kew on Thurs 22 February, library in the morning, garden in the afternoon ( fee may apply - tbc).
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

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    Evolutionary origins of the great apes

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Today's apes are few in number but, millions of years ago, apes ruled the primate world. Discover why they were so successful and why they disappeared. Explore key topics in their evolution and find out about great apes around the world today. .
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The world of invertebrates

    Course Date: Mon 5 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Invertebrates account for 98% of all animal life on the planet and include beautiful butterflies, deadly spiders and an incredible array of sea-life. They have colonised each continent and every habitat. Explore invertebrate diversity and find out what makes them so successful. Includes visit to the Natural History Museum.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

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    Exploring Wetlands in early spring

    Course Date: Tue 13 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the early spring London’s wetlands are at their most dynamic for birdlife; the last of the winter migrants prepare for their departure whilst the resident birds dive into the breeding season. Spring wetlands are full of activity, song and courtship displays. First session at City Lit followed by 2 field trips.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Wild London: spring nature in the city

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are among the highlights of spring. It’s the season of peak activity in the natural world. Discover more on this engaging course including four field-trips within London. Two evening classroom sessions (18:30- 20:30 ) followed by four Saturday morning (11:00 - 13:00 ) off-site sessions.



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    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  8. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life of birds and learn about bird evolution, tips for identification and key behaviours before having a chance to put your skills into practice on two field trips in London (St James' Park and Hampstead Heath).

    Three sessions at City Lit and two off-site. All 14.00-16.00.



    Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital; London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Great botanists

    Course Date: Thu 10 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the lives and scientific contributions of key people in the history of botany and gardens, from the 16th to the 20th centuries: John Gerard, Philip Miller, John Fothergill, Humphry Repton, and Thomas Mawson. Five London-based visits included; one additional entrance fee £12 approx.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Discover the South London Botanical Institute - a hidden treasure

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A day of botanical discovery and enjoyment at the 100-year-old Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill. Behind the scenes access to the unique herbarium of dried plants, hands-on use of microscopes and exploration of the garden and library treasures. Note: This course will be held at South London Botanical Institute,323, Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, London SE24 9AQ. Pease see the course page at www.citylit.ac.uk for access information. Access arrangements: Wheelchair access can be gained straight into the garden at the rear, but to get into the house there is one step up via the side access which if suitable, the visitor can, with help up the step in the wheelchair, easily access the ground floor of the building where all the rest of the facilities are based. The toilet is not wheelchair accessible. For further information contact City Lit Humanities: 020 7492 2652.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Sex lives of the Great Apes

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sex lives and sexual strategies of the five living great apes. Topics will range from the major evolutionary theories behind jealousy and cheating and heterosexual/homosexual/bisexual behaviour, to the hand-signals used by bonobos to indicate specific sexual positions.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Artificial intelligence: threat or promise?

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From chatbots to medical diagnosis machines, what challenges and promises does this technology offer to society? This overview course will look at the history, science and philosophical questions behind the rapid and astonishing developments in this field.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

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